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President Harry S. Truman Trial, May 4-5, 2017 & Live Broadcasts

Harry S. Truman, U.S. President

The ACS Athens 10th grade “Combo” classes along with the 9th grade Honors “Combo” Jury are embarking on their 16th annual “ President Harry Truman Trial,” an interactive courtroom simulation that evaluates the decisions and methods used to end World War II.  This is an entirely student-led event, with both sides of the trial spearheaded by a team of student lawyers and with the jury pools facilitated by year 1 IB History students.

During the past month, students have researched and prepared their roles as either historical figures, or prosecuting and defending attorneys in the “mock trial” of U.S. President Harry S. Truman for “crimes against humanity.”  The argumentation, questions, and case structures have been created solely by the students.

This authentic learning experience challenges students to apply their research, critical thinking, and public speaking skills in order to persuade the jury of Truman’s “guilt or innocence.”

Given the large number of 10th grade students, we’ve also added six historical News Reel teams, directed by students who have been utilizing the new ACS Athens Media Studio to create “news” reports that present propaganda style reports of key Cold War events from both the perspectives of the East and West of that time.  Their 6-8 minute news productions will be played during the trial at key points for both the defense and prosecution.  As well, a team of reporters will set the context for the trial in a live overview of WWII.  It will be interesting to see how this experiment goes!

   For the record, the verdicts so far (2002-2016) are about tied: 8 Guilty and 7 Not Guilty...

For the first time all 10th graders are involved in some way at the honors and standard levels.  Furthermore, this year's trial is set in 1962, at the height of the Cold War, when Harry Truman was 78 years old (he was in office from April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953).  The trial will this year invite students to enter arguments from after WWII and will delve into, among others, the Korean War, rebuilding of Europe and Japan, and USA involvement in Cuba.

The “Truman Trial”  will be broadcast live, with the schedule as follows:


The Theater at ACS Athens

Date & Time

Day 1: Thursday, May 4: 10:25 to 15:45

  • 10:25 - 11:15: Introduction WWII & Opening Statements / Prosecution, Defense (8 min. each)
  • 11:15 - 15:45: Prosecution Case WWII | Cold War News Reel Context - Korean War News - Marshall Plan News | Prosecution Case WWII | Start of Defense Case

Day 2: Friday, May 5: 9:00 to 15:45

  • 9:00 - 12:50: Defense Case | Cold War News Reel Context - Korean War News - Marshall Plan News
  • 12:50 - 13:20: Closing Arguments (6 min. each): Prosecution, Defense
  • 13:20 - 15:00: Jury Deliberation / Voting
  • 14:00 - 15:00: All 10th Grade Students Report to Learning Commons- Student Affairs.  Meeting with the ACS Athens Counselors – Dr. Pelonis
  • 15:00 - 15:45: Trial Verdict Announced in the Theater

Day 1 & 2 Live Broadcasts


K-12 End of Year Art Exhibition, May 3-12, 2017

Dear ACS Athens Community:

We are very happy to present to everyone this year's collection of artwork at the K-12 End of Year Art Exhibition.


A variety of drawings, paintings, designs and sculptures will be displayed, showcasing the creativity of artists in all age groups, from kindergarten to 12th grade!

Date :

May 3 - 12, 2017 - Open for viewing during school hours

Venue :

Lobby of the Theater at ACS Athens

We hope you will enjoy the show!

Farida El Gazzar,
Elli Koutsoukeli,
Mackenzie Merrill,
Maria Perez,
Sophia Stella Soseilos

The Refugee Crisis Project: An ACS Athens Journey - Knowledge, Empathy & Action


Article published on AAIE InterED magazine - Spring 2017

By Steven Medeiros, Peggy Pelonis and Chris Perakis


The 2015-16 school year began with the usual ‘buzz’ that surrounds Middle School students on the first day after a two month vacation. Before long and once classes resumed, students were ready to join clubs, create new interest groups and begin their community projects. Worldwide and local media broadcasts detailing stories of refugees’ and migrants’ flight and plight became etched in children’s minds as many of the Greek islands became temporary homes to those seeking a safe harbor......



ETHOS, Spring 2017 - "Forging Partnerships"

Welcome to ETHOS magazine Spring 2017, dedicated to "Forging Partnerships:  Broadening educational opportunities for a better society".

The current ETHOS is an issue highlighting important partnerships and collaborations that ACS Athens forged recently.  Articles about reaching out, broadening our student's horizons... about leading and shaping the global community we live in..

Enjoy the issue!


Inauguration of the "Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio", April 5, 2017

A state-of-the-art Media Studio facility is now the new addition to our ACS Athens campus, a unique element for K-12 educational institutions.  This was marked by the official opening of the "Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio" which took place on March 29, 2017 at the ACS Athens campus with a celebration which included honoring its benefactor, Mr. Suheil Sabbagh.

This is a historic day for ACS Athens, as we are the only K-12 institution in Greece, Europe and the region with such a facility.
  proudly announced Dr. Gialamas.

In addition to resources equipping students and faculty to produce and broadcast radio and television projects, this cutting-edge studio space will support all classes in using media as a means to communicate.  Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs, explained with enthusiasm how students will be able to work within and think critically about the modern and ever-changing media landscape, including journalism and communication, and will learn to use multiple professional skills in doing so.

The Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio includes:

  • A 35 sq.m. green room that offers unlimited applications for virtual sets
  • A control room with Tricaster® 460 production system
  • 2 editing workstations, and
  • A lab setup of up to 10 workstations for students and faculty projects

The Suheil Sabbagh Media Studio will also become the new home for faculty research initiatives where curriculum with experiential knowledge can be created.  Educators will be able to capitalize on the facilities of the studio for the creation and production of all forms of media, including print, broadcast, radio, film and multimedia storytelling.

I am proud of how far the school has come,
   stated Mr. Suheil Sabbagh, the Media Studio benefactor, and added:
The sky’s the limit!

View a photo gallery from the Opening of the Media Studio, here...


The National Herald on ACS Athens Global Alumni Awards, Apr. 5, 2017

The National Herald, the Greek-American newspaper, recently published an article about the upcoming ACS Athens Global Alumni Awards and its two distinguished award recipients, Dr. Anna Kaltsas and Dr. Scott Parazynski.

The Inaugural Awards ceremony & dinner takes place in New York on April 30, 2017.